Pakistan: Seven killed as SHC judge targeted in Karachi bomb attack

26th Jun 2013

KARACHI, (Dawn): At least seven people were killed and 15 others injured on Wednesday when an explosion occurred near Karachi’s Burns Road area, targeting the convoy of Sindh High Court judge Justice Maqbool Baqar.

The attack happened as Maqbool Baqar, a senior judge at the high court of Sindh, drove past with his security detail in Burns Road.

Police said Baqir was rushed to a nearby hospital with critical injuries and that his driver was killed.

“According to initial information, seven people have been killed,” Sindh information minister Sharjeel Memon told reporters.

The deceased include five policemen, one paramilitary Ranger and Baqar’s driver.

Rangers and police made up Baqir’s security detail, the minister said.

Police and Rangers personnel and rescue team workers reached the site of the incident. Security personnel cordoned off the area as investigations into the incident went underway.

The bomb also damaged a motorcycle and a police mobile van.

The casualties were subsequently shifted to Civil Hospital.

Meanwhile, lawyers have announced boycott of court proceedings across Sindh in the wake of the incident.

SHC judge Baqir has a reputation for honesty and also served as a judge in special anti-terrorism courts set up in the country to pass down quick punishments to convicted terrorists.


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